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Angels' Josh Hamilton Says He's Never Struggled Like This Before

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Angels' Josh Hamilton Says He's Never Struggled Like This Before
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Hamilton is batting .216 overall, .146 with runners in scoring position. He has driven in 18 runs, the same as Alberto Callaspo and Chris Iannetta. He is on pace to strike out 173 times, a career high. This is not what Hamilton or the Angels had in mind for the debut season of a five-year, $125-million contract. In the first week of the season, the Texas Rangers walked Albert Pujols intentionally several times to get to Hamilton. On Sunday, with the tying run on base in the eighth inning, the Astros pitched carefully to Mark Trumbo with Hamilton on deck and first base open, walking Trumbo on five pitches.

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